Football Huskies will try to stay undefeated on Friday’s hike in Edmonton

Canada West’s only undefeated football team — a tag made possible by a last-minute practice last weekend — is heading to Alberta.

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Canada West’s only undefeated football team — a tag made possible by a last-minute practice last weekend — is heading to Alberta.

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The University of Saskatchewan Huskies, who improved to 3-0 on Saturday when they beat the Regina Rams 11-10, will look to extend their winning streak against the Alberta Golden Bears.

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Here are some things to know ahead of Friday’s game, which is played at 7 p.m. in Edmonton.

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National honors

Huskies linebacker Nick Wiebe was named National Defensive Player of the Week after recording seven tackles in the win over the Rams. He also deflected a pass in the third quarter that led to an interception for Saskatchewan, and ultimately their first lead.

Huskies kicker David Solie — whose 32-yard field goal with two seconds left sealed the victory — was a finalist for National Special Teams Player of the Week.

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About last week

The Huskies, who staged a last-minute run to beat Montreal in the national semifinals last year, did the same Saturday against the Rams, albeit under less stressful circumstances.

They scrambled the ball from their own 36 with 1:28 on the clock and trailing 10-8. They then went for 49 yards in seven plays, setting up Solie’s 32-yard field goal.

Face-to-face

The Golden Bears moved into the national top 10 this week after toppling Calgary 34-23. They previously lost 30-21 to British Columbia and beat Manitoba 34-11.

The Huskies, ranked No. 2 nationally behind Western, beat Calgary 44-5 and UBC 29-10 before slipping past Regina.

Alberta leads the conference with 89 points scored in three games — Saskatchewan is second with 84 — and the Huskies have allowed a league-low 25 points with just two touchdowns allowed.

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Huskies tailback Ryker Frank, who stepped in as a starter after Josh Ewanchyna’s Week 1 knee injury, leads the conference with 42 carries for 268 yards.

Saskatchewan quarterback Mason Nyhus leads the pack with 1,049 passing yards. Alberta center Eli Hetlinger is second with 935 yards through the air. Both quarterbacks have seven touchdown passes.

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where everyone is sitting

The Huskies lead the conference with their 3-0 record, followed by Alberta and Regina at 2-1. Manitoba and UBC are 1-2, and Calgary 0-3 continues to chase its first victory.

Regina will visit UBC in Friday’s other game, and on Saturday Manitoba host Calgary.

Next

The Huskies will play their second home game, and first since Sept. 9, next Friday night against Manitoba. They beat the Bisons 45-17 in the Canada West championship game last season.

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